Saturday, October 20, 2012
At our last beer session, we were treated to five samples. The one that struck me the most was Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale. As with most pumpkin ales, a heavy spice hit the nose first. I braced myself for another cloyingly sweet, wannabe pumpkin pie concoction and was humbled and shamed by what I actually tasted. First the spice hit my tongue, but not the typical pumpkin pie spice...it was warm, and familiar. The flavor lingered and danced on the tip of my tongue, toying and teasing...not quite being placed. Another sip in...cardamom. Oh, cinnamon and nutmeg joined the pas de trio, but the cardamom was star. Supported by a dry, malty backbone, I was in pure heaven. And had a serious craving for curry.
Thus this recipe was born.
Sadly, Weyberbacher was not to be had. However a similarly spiced and not overly sweet ale found its way into it's place...Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Ale.
I had many squash on hand to choice from. A buttery and tender acorn squash. Robust, but mild pumpkin. Slightly sweet butternut. Nutty and melt in you mouth red kuri...
Served on its own, or with a hearty piece or two of naan to sop up the sauces, this dish makes for a wonderful fall meal.
the recipe is my own
2 Tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
1 red onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2" knob of fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp garam masala
1/2 vegetable or chicken stock
1 - 15 oz can coconut milk
8 cups dished squash (pumpkin, acorn, red kuri, butternut and delicacta ...)
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil or ghee in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger. Saute until until soft and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garam maslam and stir until well combined.